“Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps,” Set for Tonight at Clarion Library, Around the World
CLARION, Pa. – Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps in the U.S. will be held Friday evening, July 12, 2019 in communities across the world. Locally, the event co-sponsored by the Progressive Faith Coalition, Protect Environment and Children Everywhere (PEACE) and Indivisible We Rise will be held from 8-9 p.m. at the Clarion Free Library.
“Through poetry, speeches and music, concerned citizens will join together to protest the inhumane conditions currently faced by refugees at the detention camps,” according to a release issued by the group.
At 9 p.m., participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those children and families being held to bring light to the darkness of their suffering.
“Lights for Liberty began as a coalition of people dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity,” according to the release.
“Since announcing plans for the vigil a few weeks ago, the group has been partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations to show that these fundamental rights are not negotiable.
As one organizer said, “To be silent is to be complicit. To sit this out is to be complacent. Now is a time to stand for what is best in all of us. We must stand for one another.”
What began as a local movement quickly grew to a worldwide action with events being held in all 50 states and in several countries around the world. Although over 500 events have already been registered, key events are planned in El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being housed in outdoor conditions under a bridge with no running water for months at a time; Homestead, FL, at a migrant child detention facility; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City, at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed through detention a day; and in Washington, DC, in Lafayette Park, to demand action from elected officials to end the camps.
Local residents attending the event at the Clarion Free Library may want to bring a lawn chair and a candle. Those in the area who cannot attend may offer support by lighting a candle at 9 p.m. and placing it in their window or on their porch.
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